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Propylene Oxide

Propylene Oxide Propylene Oxide
IUPAC Name
2-Methyloxirane
HS Code
29102000
Formula
CH3CHCH2O
Appearance
Colorless Liquid
Cas No.
75-56-9
Common Names
Propylene oxide, Epoxypropane, Propylene epoxide, 1,2-Propylene oxide, Methyl oxirane, 1,2-Epoxypropane, Propene oxide, Methyl ethylene oxide, Methylethylene oxide
Packaging
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Category
  • Food
Sub Category
  • Others

Brief Overview

Propylene oxide is an organic compound with the molecular formula CH3CHCH2O. This colourless volatile liquid with an odour resembling ether, is produced on a large scale industrially. This compound is sometimes called 1,2-propylene oxide to distinguish it from its isomer 1,3-propylene oxide, better known as oxetane

 

Manufacturing Process

Industrial production of propylene oxide starts from propylene. Two general approaches are employed, one involving hydrochlorination and the other involving oxidation.

Major application of propylene oxide is its use for the production of polyether polyols for use in making polyurethane plastics. It is a chiral epoxide, although it is commonly used as a racemic mixture. Propylene oxide also used in food industry to pasteurize raw almonds.